QUEENSVILLE - The 2012 Fastball season thus far has been a story for the Cardinals history page for sure. After dominating league competition throughout the season last season on their way to their 2nd ever Championship title, the Cardinals looked poised and confident entering 2012. However things did not start out as everyone had hoped or even expected as the Cardinals dropped the first 4 of 5 games to start the season. Couple this with the sudden withdrawal of their major corporate sponsorship deal with C.W. Coops and the recent rash of injuries the Card's where a beat up squad in more ways then one. Another first was the streak of 14 straight innings that the Cardinals failed to score a run, a team record as well as a recent media strike which shut down all game highlights and up to the minute reports on your red shirted heros.
The good news is that things have seemed to turn the corner. The Card's are back in the win column posting two back to back convincing victories to pull within one game of .500. In those two games the Card's bats have come alive, tallying 8 runs in both matching and and playing solid defence to back up their offensive output. After allowing 20 plus runs in the first 5 games of the year, the red bird defence has only allowed 1 run over the last two while recording a shutout in last Thursday's game versus the Beavers.
"This team is nothing but resilent, we have proven that year after year" said 3B Mike Howard following Thursday's win "It's all about confidence, we have the confidence to compete and that's what we will do dispite recent hiccups. I mean when I walk in the house, I walk in with my arms in the air, my wife asks no questions, none at all...she knows......she knows."
The Card's have lost their Corporate Sponsor, they are one game below .500 but nothing will deter them.
A two game win streak one in which they have out scored their competition 16 - 1 and a championship pedigree. All this start of the season is, is another interesting chapter on the Cardinals History page.